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NY state lawmakers again pushing for voting reforms

Democrats in the New York state Senate are taking another shot at changing antiquated voting rules and procedures blamed for perpetuating the state's low voter turnout.

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 11:38 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democrats in the New York state Senate are taking another shot at changing antiquated voting rules and procedures blamed for perpetuating the state's low voter turnout.

The chamber's minority conference announced Tuesday that it has introduced more than a dozen bills aimed at making it easier for New Yorkers to cast ballots.

Democrats again are pushing for allowing early voting, which is already in place in 34 states. The early voting bill would provide state funding so local governments wouldn't have to cover related costs.

The reform package also includes a money-saving proposal to hold state and federal primaries on the same day.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's efforts to pass voting reforms last year didn't go anywhere.

Breakaway Senate Democrats who give Republicans a Senate majority have proposed similar reforms.

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